Public Invited to Crowd-Source Fine Art in the Digital World

Hybrid 2.0, a democratically driven, technologically based creation for London exhibition

What if you could collectively take the tastes and preferences of the public and create a collective piece of art? That’s what famed gallery Lévy Gorvy and L+R are setting out to do, and the public is invited to participate until August 2.

“This initiative is an extension of a project that began with the pop-generation in the 1960s,” explained Émilie Streiff, Associate Director of Exhibitions at Lévy Gorvy. “Back in 1965, artists Peter Phillips and Gerald Laing imagined Hybrid Enterprises, which used market research techniques for the first time to create a work of art.”

During this initial project, the artists surveyed 137 art literates including Ivan Karp, Lawrence Alloway, David Whitney, and Leo Castelli. Participants chose from a sampling of colors, media, and other art components. The collective result was an aluminum sculpture with sleek lines, candy-colored stripes, and neon tubing, reminiscent of a rocket or race car.

© The Estate of Gerald Laing © Copyright Peter Phillips
© The Estate of Gerald Laing © Copyright Peter Phillips
© The Estate of Gerald Laing © Copyright Peter Phillips

Currently, Lévy Gorvy and L+R are working together on Hybrid 2.0.

“Through August 2, the public is encouraged to participate in the online survey for Hybrid 2.0,” Streiff said. “Preferences about media, shape, color, and texture will be processed and averaged, resulting in a plan for an art object. The Estate of Gerald Laing will oversee production, and the resulting work of art will debut at Lévy Gorvy’s exhibition opening in London in December.”

The L+R Research and Usability team will apply its expertise in executing questionnaires, surveys and other forms of design research methods to derive insights from survey respondents. Applying the strengths of the Typeform platform, in which L+R is a strategic partner of, to enable the team to utilize its conversational data capture and blend of attitudinal and behavioral insight derivations for this project.

“Hybrid 2.0 is a creative example of the importance of actionable information gathering. We are most excited by the piece’s celebration of the alternative approach to art-making that emerged with the pop-generation, and couldn’t think of a better team to complete it other than L+R and Lévy Gorvy” said Ana Carolina Macià, Partner Program Manager at Typeform. “We are excited about working with the international consultancy and global powerhouse gallery to blend design, technology and art into this new contribution to the world of fine arts.”

By engaging art lovers of all kinds in the search for a new collectively imagined art object, Lévy Gorvy will offer a moment of democracy of taste, playing the art world against its own reified hierarchies. This confirms the the continuing relevance of Phillips’ and Laing’s legacy in today’s media-saturated and consumer-driven society

The gallery will also produce buttons, posters, and other memorabilia, designed in collaboration with L+R, relating to the exhibition upon its opening in December.

In order to participate, complete the survey now at http://levygorvy-hybrid.com.


Roberto Ranucci 
Digital Transformation Director, Milan
Responsible for strategy and business development in Europe, Roberto focuses on delivering measurable value to his clients and partners. Roberto works to help clients expand, increasing sales and customer engagement. His ultimate goal is to deliver positive change in the lives of individuals and in the world as a whole. You can reach him at roberto@levinriegner.com.

Julia Keller